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    September 18, 2010
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-- of mixed heights this were there's buildings that are at the 40-foot height limit and in addition the school at the end is at 4e feet in relation to our building. this is -- a -- this is a view from the roof of the subject building, to the west. to the nirs looking across prescott court. as you could see here, this apartment building and the apartment building beyond are built at 40-foot level and they contain penthouses above the 40-foot height. this -- this iman shows a view from the parking garage to the east of the subject property. subject property here, we're adjacent to the public school building, again, as you could see, as -- as we move along there's various heights, this building in particular and -- a 40-foot height limit. as we get into -- into the
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proposed project, as mentioned, we're proposing a fourth story on the three-story structure, through numerous conversations and -- back and forth with h.d.t. and the preservation team and staffing planning we ended up with a 12-foot setback off the front of the building for the fourth floor addition. and we also maintained a rear yard off the back. early on we had a preapplication meeting with the staff planner. he property to our attention that planning would recommend that we push the fourth floor back even though we're in an r.h. 3 district that allows you to build to the front property line. he -- he given any light issues on it would be like pushing it back 12 feet and have a variance in the setback and the height
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area. we have gone through that variance process and been approved. as you could see in the diagram, it is -- it is quite clear from an experiential standpoint within prescott court, it is less of a view and i would -- s got court, i would argue the point that the request your brought up in terms of sun. the diagram is not accurate. we are located to the east, so there is minor impacts to the sun, but nothing significant. this is a view from prescott court. this is the worst-case scenario. the rest of prescott court, you don't see anything. this is the massing of the back of the property. again, we are consistent with the context. i know that the d.r. request your -- the d.r. requestor
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brought this to everyone's attention, but in conclusion i would like to say we have gone through quite an extensive process. president miguel: thank you. speakers in favor of the project sponsor? if not. d.r. requestor, you have to- minute rebuttal. >> i want to bring up this one again, the privacy issue. as soon as i walked through, the sun deck will easily be looking through the windows of the bedroom across the street. also, according to the city
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planning department, for that halley -- for the alley, we have the street height at the property line should be no greater than 1.25 times the alley with. about the height, there should be a setback of about 15 feet. the proposed product is located in a less than 16 ft. wide alley and the height is only 12-foot setback, which is not enough. thank you. president miguel: thank you. practic sponsor, at 2 minutes. -- president sponsor, two minutes. >> the project has been changed by interaction with the planning staff, residential design team, and they have said there is no exceptional or extraordinary circumstances. the d.r. requestor did not
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participate in the neighborhood meeting or the variance hearing, so we were caught blindsided by the concerns. regarding the three issues, the light issue is not significant. this has a large set back. he is presenting the sun as if it is always coming from the same direction, whereas the architect said the sun moves around and it would not be unusual in our city. regarding the view blockage, that is disqualified for d.r., basically saying you are blocking my view of the transamerica building. i don't think that as a basis for d.r. regarding the privacy issue, he does not point out the same when does that he is concerned about us sitting 15 feet away are also visible directly out the front windows of the project site and it is a much more direct view then someone sitting on the roof. and we have a picture here, if you have questions. these are fairly small windows.
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from that angle, at most one would see a few feet into the window on the the best circumstances because of the steep angle, so there is no significant privacy issue and i don't think there ever will be across the street looking into windows that are also visible from other windows on that same street. therefore, we don't think there is any substantial case made for exceptional or extraordinary circumstances in this case and request the commission, and recognition of that, to decide that no further hearing is necessary and allow this project to proceed. thank you very much. president miguel: thank you. commissioner antonini? commissioner antonini: thank you. this is an example of things that can be gained through the pre application process. as was pointed out by the residential design team has supported the project and actually did not field this rose to the level of significance that would have come under the d.r. process. i think they are doing as a
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great service. i am not sure what the actual condition was, but it is probably one that was uninhabitable in its present state. so this is creating three habitable units where there were not effectively, and it is rh-3, and the 12-foot setback is what i think has been worked out by the residential design team and is correct here. i agree that is more of a view that a light issue. so i would move to not take d.r. and approve the project. president miguel: is there a second? commissioner sugaya: i will second, but i have questions first. are we having railings on top of this thing or what? >> no, sir, there is no glass
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reeling. commissioner sugaya: okay, i must be thinking of a different project. the second question, in terms of the historic status of this building, the staff memo says it is adjacent to a national registered and locally designated jackson square, northeast waterfront, telegraph hill. does that mean that this building is not near any of them? >> that is right, there was a categorical exemption issue. commissioner sugaya: why wasn't it considered an historic resource? >> it is. commissioner sugaya: and we are following the secretary of the interiors standards. >> yes. commissioner sugaya: okay, thank you. i just might say that i have had
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some correspondence with respect to this that compares this project to one that we had before us a while ago. i think the situation here seems to be a little different, especially in terms of the location of the property at the end of that alley and its adjacency to commercial properties. i don't know how tall the school building is, but it is approximately the same height. i think the physical circumstances are much different here than they were on the other project. >> yes, commissioner secretary avery: the motion on the floor is to not take discretionary review and approve the project. on that motion -- [roll-call vote]
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secretary avery: that motion fails on the 3-1 vote, with commissioner olague voting against. commissioners, and the absence of a successful motion, this project will be approved as proposed. president miguel: thank you. secretary avery: commissioners, you are now at general public comment. members of the public may address you of interest to the public. president miguel: is there any general public comment on items not on the agenda? not appearing, public, is closed. -- public comment is closed. this hearing is adjourned. secretary avery: thank you.
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>> good afternoon, everyone, and thank you for joining us. today is a very special day in san francisco. it marks our celebration of the bicycle injunction we have been suffering under for about four years now. today, we are able to begin in earnest and aggressive bike plan implementation. divide plan implementation will increase the amount of bike lanes by 64% here in the city. we currently have 48 miles of land making us one of the most likable cities, and i think everyone recognizes that this is just another step in our establishing ourselves as a
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world-class white city. with that, i would like to turn it over to our mayor, who has been a champion as we went through the legal battle we had to go through. -- establishing ourselves as a world-class bicycle city. gavin newsom thank you to the members of the -- mayor newsom: thank you to the members of the board that are here, to all the activism and intensity and passion that represents the people of the city that stepped up, step in since 2006. congratulations, and welcome to a new era of bicycling in san francisco. i think it is incredibly important and suggested that we sort of set the tone of bicycling in the city in this context, that since the injunction in 2006, remarkably, that basically shut us down in terms of being able to put up new bike racks for these boxes
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or enhancing our bike lanes, we saw a 54% increase in bicycling. since the injunction was established, which is rather remarkable. meaning with no new enhancements, we saw a huge increase in the desire of pent- up demand to bicycle. what makes this so significant is that now, with this injunction lifted and the ability is now referencing the increase of 35 miles, another 45 projects to get us up to 75 miles of our network, to be able to move forward as we are today, to be able to do all of these things we have been wanting to do means that the growth is going to be exponential. you have seen this on valencia st. not a modest increase in the use and utilization of bicycles once the bike lane has been put in,
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but a huge increase. talking anywhere from 200% to 300% increase in the use of bicycles once these bike lanes are established. we can conservatively estimate, and these are the numbers that the agency uses, that we would see a 50% increase in the utilization of bicycles when we paid -- as we stripe these bike lanes. you see that with the ability to enhance, and now, you see the enhancements, and that ability is going to follow and i think exceeded everyone's expectations. world-class city is a city that tries to democratize its streets, sidewalks, plazas, playgrounds, public realms. world-class cities now are competing for the best and brightest, and they understand the quality of life is that one differentiated that establishes those that will be the leaders 5, 10, 15, 25 years from now.
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san francisco does not want to see its world-class status. -- does not want to cede its world-class status. means we have to be a city that is friendly to bicyclist. it means we have to restate that recognizes that we cohabitate. this is not the old days where it is about bicycles versus cars. this is about bicycles and cars. this is about, again, quality of life. i want to congratulate everyone who worked so hard to get us here. this took a lot of time, a lot of money, and at the end of the day, what did we prove? that you can delay things, but you cannot and things, so it is in the spirit of that recognition that there was a delay, but there is now a real progress that we are going to see things really take off. i'm really proud of all our team behind me and those that were in the city attorney's office,
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the planning department, and other agencies. final point, what i think it's also important to note, when we had that partial injunction lifted a number of months back, you saw how quickly you part of public works went to work, the department of traffic went to work. mark my words -- you have seen nothing yet. they are ready to go, full-time commitment, a real energetic effort over the next few years. this is not going to be a big fish start -- fit/start. this is not something we're going to announce and and see people move away to complete other work. we will be doing along the lines of what portland -- i love portland, but i hate that they are ahead of us on this. by the way, anyone in a
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sustained rain, we're always second in the country in terms of our environmental network because of the bike network. portland is finished. with all respect to the mayor, you are going down. this is the last piece of the puzzle that was missing. now, we are able to unveil this, and you ain't seen nothing. >> thank you, mayor newsom. we have a host of folks that were part of the effort to get us to where we are today. i see our director of sustainable streets is here. bridget smith, who heads up our sustainable streets effort, and she is doing a fine job. she has a great team of people working with her. another individual i need to bring up to speak to you today is our chairman of the mta, chairman tom nolan. [applause] >> good afternoon. i'm very proud to be here on
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behalf of the board of directors, joined with our distinguished vice chair. tomorrow, if the board of supervisors votes correctly, we will have a new chair, so we are very proud to report of the -- part of this. our board has had to do some very difficult things, had to make some really tough decisions in terms of budgeting, in terms of service, all kinds of things, but we are proud of what we have been able to achieve. i want to tell you that this was not hard for any member of our board. our board was unanimously supported every step of the way through, working with others in the city to make this great day happen. on behalf of all of our board, very proud to be part of this, and we look forward to the events coming shortly to make this plan a reality for all of us. thank you. [applause] >> thank you. next, we have renee rivera from the san francisco by a coalition.
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>> thank you. this is a great day for bicycling here in san francisco. we are beginning, as the mayor was just saying, a new era for bicycling and for san francisco. as the mayor said, we are not going to be number two anymore. we are well on our way to being the most bike-friendly city in the country and -- a real green city. nothing is holding us back. the mayor still most of my numbers that i was going to share with you. he is just a little too sharp these days. but i wanted to share a survey we did recently. we learned that one in two people in san francisco said they would like more if there were more bike lanes. as the mayor mentioned, we have seen a big increase in people biking, even with the very few improvements we have had over the last few years. we also know that seven out of 10 people rode a bike last year,
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seven out of 10 san franciscans. all of that adds up to a huge demand for the improvements that the city is going to be rolling out this year and next. these 35 bike lane projects are all planned. they are funded. they are ready to go thanks to the amazing work of the mta. i want to particularly thank bridget smith and her team for all their amazing work in making sure that we are ready to go when this day comes, and they are ready. after a decision that just came at 5:00 on friday afternoon. i applaud them for being ready. you are going to see amazing things on the streets here in san francisco. we really learned a lot, even in the last few months, we saw the improvements on market street.
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people have just loved the green separated by planes on market street, and now that the injunction has been lifted, we are ready to move forward and have those separated green by plans on market street go the whole length. they are all projects in the by plan, but you are going to see more than that. san francisco is to be going to be transformed, and the streets are going to be just a wonderful place for everyone to travel. i wanted to also thank the city attorney's -- attorneys, dennis herrera and his staff who did a really great job on getting us past the injunction. and i swear that is the last time you are ever going to hear me say that word. thank you all for being out here. we are ready for this new era to begin, and you are going to see the city become, as the mayor
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said, the number one most by a friendly city -- bike-friendly city in the country [applause] >> supervisor mirkarimi, do you want to say few words? strong champion of our bike program. >> thank you. we just jam from the budget committee to get over here. i would not miss this for the world. i just heard someone echo mayor newsom's comments about how san francisco aims to be and is serious about being extremely bike-friendly, and this is a challenge to the rest of the united states that this is an urban pledge and one that we will see no retreat to. i'm absolutely delighted to be here today to see us moving forward. the only time of the three-year paralysis due to the bike in junction where we were able to successfully see some injunctive
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relief was in my district, the fifth district, where the city benefited from the first installation of a dedicated bike light. we're all very appreciative of that innovation as well as when we put in a new bike lane. they are what is called the we go, a great bike route that goes in throughout district 5. today, this is about making it city-wide and making sure that we double the amount of our bike lanes within the city, and that we keep to what the vehicle counts are, and that is that each year, we are seeing an exponential increase of san franciscans and commuters who want to use their bikes in this city. great to be here. great for san francisco. thank you. [applause] >> thank you. next, we would like to hear from
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the chairman of the bicycle advisory committee, burt hill. >> one of the important things about this network is that it is truly a network. it not only covers the downtown city of san francisco, but it also applies to the west side where everybody lives and a lot of people drive. from my house, from there to park for free in this facility was 20 minutes. cheaply with the bike lanes, safely, healthy, at very low cost. all the economics and time and efficiency support that, and that is what this network is all about, offering multiple forms of transportation to get where we want to get easily, quickly, and healthy. thank you very much. [applause] >> that was a good question period that ends our speakers. we would like to take any questions you may have, and then
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we're going to quickly go across the street, and the mayor will be striping the first of many lines that will be built over the next few months. this topic only.
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